I love WordPress and the amazing WordPress community! But I know how intimidating it can be to make friends and interact with fellow bloggers, especially if you’re a new blogger just starting out. I thought I’d share some tips on how to make friends on WordPress ♡
It can be really hard to make friends and connect with people, especially if you’re shy and new to the blogging world. When I first started out on WordPress I was also really shy, but then I came across a blog that I loved so much that I just had to interact with the blogger and we’ve been friends ever since!
♡ Leave blog comments.
If you read a blog post (whether it’s a review, a book tag or just a random ramble) and you feel that you can relate to something in the post – leave a comment. I promise you that none of us bite and we love fangirling about books with other book lovers. We love starting conversations and realising that we have something in common with a fellow bookworm. Commenting might just help you to realise that you have so much in common with another blogger that you become friends and start following each others blogs!
Now, there are some comments that won’t get you any attention (in my personal opinion). I’m sorry, but if you just write a comment telling me to go check out your blog, the chance is very good that that’s not going to happen. Comments in my opinion aren’t there for “advertising” yourself, comments are there for the community to talk and interact with one another. If I get a comment like this I feel like you haven’t really read the post and you just want me to check out your blog. We as bloggers all work hard so a more meaningful comment about the contents of the post will more likely make me visit your blog (and probably follow it if I like what I see).
♡ Reply to blog comments.
There’s nothing worse than using your time to leave a meaningful comment on someones post and they don’t reply. When someone takes time to comment on one of your posts, comment back! Start a conversation, talk and interact! No one wants to receive just a “like” on a meaningful comment they’ve posted on a blog, they want to interact and communicate. People that take the time to comment want to know that their comment was seen and appreciated. I know that there are some comments that are hard to reply to and then a “like” is perfectly fine, but if there is something you can reply to, then reply!
I love commenting on other blogs I love fangirling and communicating with other amazing bloggers, it’s one of my favourite things to do when I go blog hopping.
♡ Participate in weekly memes.
Participating in weekly memes is a great way for you to discover new bloggers and for new bloggers to discover you! It brings bloggers together on a specific day and I know I love reading other bloggers weekly memes posts – they’re always so fun to read and usually so relatable! Some of my favourite memes that I love reading and have participated in are Top Ten Tuesday, Top Five Wednesdays, Book Travelling Thursdays and Standalone Sundays. These are all great memes with a rather large number of followers that are all excited about finding other blogs that also participate in these memes.
♡ Interact on Social Media.
WordPress isn’t the only place for you to meet bookish friends. Twitter and Bookstagram is like a gold mine for finding amazing friends. Interact with bloggers outside of WordPress and try to make friends on other social media sites. These friendships will eventually overflow onto WordPress, if you’re already friendly with a someone on a different site it will be that much easier for them to follow your blog and interact with you here on WordPress. You’re already acquainted elsewhere and they’ll just feel more comfortable to communicate and show some love towards you and your blog.
I hope these tips & tricks will give you the confidence to start interacting with other bloggers. I hope that you will make loads of wonderful bookish friends and that you’ll start many bookish conversations.